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Arise and be the Revival!

15.11.2018, Daniel Glimm


The Sign of the Paralyzed Man
 
Some time ago the Lord spoke to me in link with the scripture from John 5:1-9 about heart attitudes of believers regarding revival.
 
John 5:1-9:
1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3-4 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, …
 
We can see in this Scripture that Jesus has left a place of space and time to go to the capital of Israel on a special day in a special time frame in order to act on behalf of the Heavenly Father (see John 5:19).
 
John 5:19:
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
 
Going Up to Jerusalem and the Structure of Mature Sonship in Christ Jesus
 
The going up of Jesus to Jerusalem is for us today a divine call to walk at the right time in His government authority, in order to operate in it.
 
On a Sabbath, Jesus healed an invalid man who was lying near the sheep gate. Because Jesus spoke of Himself that He came to fulfill the law and the prophets, we can assume that He celebrated all biblical feasts (see Matthew 5:17).
 
Matthew 5:17:
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. …”

On the basis of the movement of Jesus and the location of that man who was unable to walk, Jesus can represent in this context the structure of the mature sonship of God.
 
In this mature sonship, believers intervene at the right time on behalf of the Heavenly Father, serving others in order to take believers who are in a state of hopelessness due to negative experiences into a higher place. This place is associated with great joy and triumph.

The invalid man at the sheep gate was constantly confronted with the fact that people before him had already been healed and this went over a long period of time, but without the experience of his personal healing. Again and again he noticed that God sent an angel to transmit His healing power. This healing movement was accompanied by the sign that the water of the pond Bethesda was being stirred up by an angel, so that the sick person, who first came into contact with the supernaturally moved water of the pond, got healed.

This man was invalid for more than 38 years, had seen many healing movements coming and going without himself having had any part in a supernatural movement of God yet. Also today we can hear often about believers saying that there is revival in other nations or regions, but not in theirs.

This statement might feel like it was true in comparisons, but it is not true at all. Revival doesn't depend on particular nations or regions, but on personal surrender of saints to the Heavenly Father.

For revival to take place in a nation/region, it is necessary that mature sons of God within the body of Christ are living in the center of the Father's will in order to go to the place filled with weakness to infiltrate that place with encouragement, revelation, and strength.

When Jesus went up to Jerusalem to the named place at the sheep gate, He saw among the sick who were there, this man who was lying on his mattress for 38 years. Jesus recognized the potential in this man to enter into the mature sonship of God in order to live in the presence of the Heavenly Father, because Jesus had addressed and finally healed him as the only person in this place (see John 5:2-8 i.c.w. John 17:21).

John 5:2-8:
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda (note: house of grace) and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3-4 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

John 17:21:
… 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

It was no coincidence that Jesus was walking in the time of His Heavenly Father and decided to go to the geographical location of the sheep gate with the five pillared halls for the healing of that invalid man. The number “5” is an indication of the ministry of the “grace of God” (see Titus 2:11).

Titus 2:11:
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
 
Jesus, who fully represents mature sonship, functioned as the great shepherd being the open door to a new realm. This open door can only be passed through by obedience to His voice in order to stand in a new realm of His presence (see John 10:7-9-27).
 
John 10:7.9.27:
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. …
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.1 They will come in and go out, and find pasture. …
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. …
 
This principle of obedience was interpreted by the man who had been sick for more than 38 years, so that Jesus Christ was calling him on Sabbath to stand up and go to the new place in Christ Jesus with his mattress (note: symbol of the place of rest in God). He was following the command of the Son of God and thus received his healing (see John 5:8-9a i.c.w. Ephesians 2:4-7)!
 
John5:8-9a:
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
9a At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. …
 
Ephesians 2:4-7:
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
 
The Second Biblical Month in the Cycle of the Redemption of God
 
If we study about the Hebrew word for “pillar/corner column” in link with Psalm 144:12 the word is “sāwit and derives from the root word “ziv” which is linked to “brightness, flower”. (note: part excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number 2156*,2148*)
 
Psalm 144:12:
12 Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
 
Ziv” is the second biblical month in which ‘little Pessach’ (note: Passover Sheni) is celebrated. This feast implies God's “extra grace” for all those who couldn't have celebrated Pessach in the first month for certain reasons (see Numbers 9:10-11).
 
Numbers 9:10-11:
10 “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, 11 but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
Passover celebrates the power of the blood of the Lamb of God and the deliverance from slavery (note: sin). Thus it becomes clear that Jesus Christ, when He came to the place of the five colonnaded halls, He was about to reveal the grace of the Father to the invalid man in order to let His life be in full bloom in the sonship of God and to enjoy the glory of the Father.
While Jesus came to the place of the five pillared halls and stood before this sick man, it can be assumed that the man first saw the two legs of Jesus, since he was lying on a bed on the ground.

The Greater Measure of Revelatory Truth

At that time, there was a measure of revelatory truth concerning healing in the area of the five pillared halls related to a supernatural movement (note: initiated by an angel on behalf of God).

The presence of Jesus, however, brought a greater measure of revelatory truth into this realm by increasing the present measure of the “water bath of the Word of God” in quality and temperature. He did this by revealing the truth about sonship and shepherding of God through His presence and residing at the place of the five pillared halls. The reason for this is because, according to Revelation 1:15a, the two legs/feet of Jesus Christ are two fiery shining bronze pillars.
 
Revelation 1:15a:
15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, …
 
Through the two glowing “bronze pillars-feet” of Jesus Christ, the present revelatory truth (note: represented by water; see Ephesians 5:26) was intensified at the place of the five pillared halls by changing from a cold state (note: water moved by an angel => wind; see Hebrews 1:7) to a hot state (note: by the fiery feet of Jesus). The place was now temporarily equipped with seven (note: numerous symbol for completion) pillars, as a sign of God's completed work to enter into the rest of the Heavenly Father.
 
Speaking in a prophetic context, the paralyzed man faced the living pillars of Boas – “He establishes” and Jachin – “In Him is strength” which were placed by Solomon at the porch of the temple and already were a reference to Jesus Christ as the only door to the Father (see 1 Kings 7:15.21 i.c.w. John 10:9; John 14:6).
 
1 Kings 7:15.21:
15 He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference. …
21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
 
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
 
John 14:6:
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
 
Because the sick man had faith and obeyed the command of Jesus Christ, his body was filled with strength so that he could rise up in health and walk to the temple (note: representing the center of the Heavenly Father) (see John 5:14 i.c.w. Luke 2:46.49; Revelation 21:22).
 
John 5:14:
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
 
Luke 2:46.49:
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. …
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
 
Revelation 21:22:
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
 
The man, who had been suffering from the disease for 38 years, entered into his personal revival through the healing of Jesus by moving resolutely forward in the mature sonship of God and being in the center of the Heavenly Father. He was no longer only a witness of revival but a sign for revival as he himself became a revival.
 
His relationship was brought to that higher place, the center of the Heavenly Father (note: temple), by the love of God, which is Jesus Christ.
 
The Shift of the Sphere of the Sabbath
 
It is now the time for us as God’s people to shift the sphere of “Sabbath” (note: the resting time because of an accomplished season) from the pond of the sheep gate (note: place of obedience) to the temple (note: place of divine relationship) in the similar way as the paralyzed man did.
 
The Hebrew root word for “bed” or “litter” is “nāṭāh” and means “to stretch out, extend, spread out, pitch, turn, bend, bow”. This means that at the place where we used to stretch out by ourselves to see something happen in our lives or nation, it is now the time to hear Jesus speaking through His living word by merely submitting (note: bending, bowing) to it, so that we can leave our present circumstance behind, be empowered and extend in the presence of the house of the Father which is linked to the real relationship – spending time and feasting with Him (see John 5:8-9.14 i.c.w. John 10:27; Luke 2:46.49; Luke 15:20-24)!
 
John 5:8-9.14:
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, …
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
 
John 10:27:
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
 
Luke 2:46.49:
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. …
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
 
Luke 15:20-24:
20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.
24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
 
We are called to move from obedience into the understanding of real relationship with the Lord like Jesus and also John said:
... Whoever has my (note: Jesus) commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21
 
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” 1 John 3:23-24
 
Divine Obedience
 
Divine obedience is not a form of legalistic obedience but an obedience that has its root in real and honest relationship with God, the Father.
 
Finally, I want to explain that God made no mistake when He created us and has given us a destiny because the Word of God clearly reveals, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (see Psalm 139:14)!
 
Psalm 139:14:
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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